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 Integrative Medicine: Appendicitis 
 

Once the wound has closed and healing has begun, and your surgeon gives you the okay, gently rub vitamin E oil, castor oil, or evening primrose oil into the wound to minimize scarring.

Homeopathy
Homeopathic treatment for appendicitis is directed at supporting recovery from surgery. It is not meant to be a substitute for surgical treatment. If you suspect appendicitis, seek professional medical treatment for your child immediately.

If your child seems to have had an adverse reaction to anesthesia, give him one dose of Nux vomica 30x or 200x to help lessen the side effects. Then follow this regimen to aid your child in his recovery from surgery.

Days 1-2: Give your child one dose of Arnica 30x or 9c, three or four times daily. Arnica helps to decrease inflammation following surgery and speeds the healing process.
Days 3-4: Give your child one dose of Staphysagria 30x or 15c, three times a day, to help the incision heal.
Day 4: To further hasten healing, give your child Ledum 12x or 6c, three times during the day.
Days 5-6: For nerve pain following surgery, give your child one dose of Hypericum 6x or 5c, three times a day.

Acupressure
For the locations of acupressure points on a child's body, see Administering an Acupressure Treatment.

Massaging the stomach meridian, particularly Stomach 36, will help tone the digestive tract and speed recovery.

General Recommendations
To ensure a full and strong recovery after surgery, adequate rest is essential. Limit visitors and create a calm and familiar environment.

Once discharged from the hospital, your child will have periods of fatigue. Resuming a daily routine is probably fine, although he may need more rest than usual until his full strength is back. To help increase his energy level, you can give your child a liquid B-complex supplement for two weeks. One dose of American ginseng, given at approximately 11:00 A.M. daily, can also be helpful.

Contact sports, heavy lifting, and abdominal exercises must be avoided for as long as your doctor recommends, probably for six to eight weeks after surgery.

Prevention
There is no known way to prevent your child from developing appendicitis. Your best defense against the disease is to be aware of its characteristic symptoms, so that if your child develops appendicitis, he can be treated promptly and recover without complications.

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(Excerpted from Smart Medicine for a Healthier Child ISBN: 1583331395)
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